A man learns he is fading away from
existence when his mother doesn't recognize him, his
pictures disappear from family albums and his wife reverts
back to using her maiden name.
Richard Hall is a design artist who
one day finds his life fading away from him. At first his
boss, Mr. Blake, seems to have mysteriously misplaced his
paycheck. Then soon after, a new job prospect collapses when
his college transcripts, portfolio, and social security have
inexplicably vanished. He returns home later that evening
and finds that his car registration letter ( which
strangely was only in his wife's maiden name "Elaine
Anderson" ) had been thrown away in the garbage. Along with
that, he received no high school reunion invitation... which
is even more suspicious because his good friend is on the
committee. Richard then begins to think that he is the victim of some
sick prank created by his wife and friend Chris ( fellow co-worker and
long time friend of his wife Elaine).
Confused and a little upset, Richard travels to see his
mother. After only several years of no communication, it
seems his mother has completely forgotten about Richard, in
fact, she claims to have never given birth.
Richard quietly bids his mother goodbye, whom he now sadly
refers to as "Mrs. Hall". He calls back home to check in
with his wife and Chris, who had come over to console her.
Chris then drives to meet Richard at the art studio, where
Richard explains to him that he is being erased from
existence. Chris can't believe what he hearing and insists
that Richard should get help, but changes his tone when
Richard disappears before him. Confused and bewildered Chris
travels back to see Elaine. He tries to explain what
happened to Richard but Elaine cuts him off by giving him a
very warm reception, as if she was his wife all along.
So who is this Richard? she asks. Chris thinks to himself
for a moment and shakes his head as the memory of Richard
has completely faded away.
The door of the house is then curiously seen opened and
Comments: I would consider this the underdog
of the first season, It definitely has that "Twilight Zone"
feel to it.
Notes: - This story was first published
in Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone Magazine" in August of